Advance 2019 Speakers
Jason Davison has served as a tutor, mentor, and teacher in the Seattle Public School system in the Central and South districts since 1998. He is the owner of Cortona Café in the Central District with his wife Foxy and sister, Isolynn. Jason is a former church planter in the Central District neighborhood up until 2015; and formerly worked with Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission on the Church Engagement team. Currently, he serves at Grace Church Seattle in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, tutors at Garfield High School and supports his wife, Foxy in serving families affected by Sickle Cell Anemia. Jason is a husband of 15 years, and father of Judah (12), Zion (11), and Trinity (5).
Dr. Joseph Castleberry is President of Northwest University. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Education degree in International Educational Development from Columbia University. During 20 years of missionary service in Latin America, he spent three years as a university professor and pastor in El Salvador, Central America, three years as Associate Dean for Latin America at Global University in Texas, and five years as a pastor, seminary dean, and community development leader in Ecuador. Dr. Castleberry and his wife of 30 years, Kathleen, live in Kirkland, Washington.
As Executive Director of School Connect Tracey Beal helps local schools build dynamic partnerships among business, faith, government and non-profit organizations. This model of strategic collaboration helps schools accomplish their goals while fostering win/win partnerships. In the spring of 2015 the US Department of Ed and AZ Department of Ed recognized the exceptional results of the collaborative model at Palo Verde Middle School in the Washington Elementary School District. To date School Connect has facilitated partnerships in 429 of the 1171 public and charter schools in Maricopa County. School Connect hosts a yearly summit at Grand Canyon University where top leaders from each of these sectors gather to learn best practices about collaboration with schools. Tracey also spearheads the Love Our Schools Day Initiative. In October 2017, 18,000 volunteers served 387 schools in 37 school districts throughout Maricopa County. Tracey serves as a Pastor at Pure Heart Church where she is focused on leadership development. She is a member of the AZ 21st CCLC Vision Team, District 1 Interfaith Council, Leadership West, the Movement Day Executive Council, the City Movement Leadership Team, the Global Leadership Team and the City’s Youth & Education Commission. Tracey is married to David and has 4 grown children and 5 grandchildren.
Scott Dudley is Senior Pastor of Bellevue Presbyterian Church in Bellevue, Washington. Scott earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University in English Literature, and a Master’s in Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has taught numerous writing and literature courses at Stanford University and Seattle Pacific University, and has spoken at many Christian conferences. Prior to coming to Bellevue, Scott served as the College Pastor and then the Teaching Pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. He currently serves on the Whitworth University Board of Trustees, the Seattle Pacific Seminary Advisory Council and the Board of Jubilee Reach, which partners with churches, schools, the city of Bellevue, social service agencies and local businesses to provide resources, educational support, assistance and community to families and students in need. He is married to Christina and they have three children: Holly (19), Jackson (17), and Lucy (15). Some bright morning, when this life is over, Scott’s vision of heaven surely includes running, swimming in a lake, then lying on a dock in the hot sun and growing plenty of tomatoes.